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NLGN Calls for Urgent Action to Cut Britain's Buried Waste

Magazine article Public Finance

NLGN Calls for Urgent Action to Cut Britain's Buried Waste

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Amid continuing confusion over the government's attitude to local recycling incentives, a report this week calls for urgent action to reduce landfill.

The report, Time to waste: tackling the landfill challenge, published by the New Local Government Network on May 9, says only 20% of household rubbish in Britain is recycled and that the country sends more waste to landfill than any other European country.

It calls for an emphasis on recycling incentives through community grants, and argues for a shift towards creating energy from waste incineration plants. Acknowledging that these plants can be unpopular, the report proposes energy bill discounts for residents close to incineration facilities.

To avert European Union fines for failing to reduce waste going to landfill by 2012, ten large and 200 smaller plants would be needed, the report suggests.

NLGN director Chris Leslie said: 'None of the options we looked at are simple, but switching away from burying rubbish to creating energy from waste is the greenest, most efficient solution.'

The Local Government Association had earlier reacted angrily to reports that the government was going back on a commitment to allow councils to pilot incentives for people to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. …

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